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The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women's Empowerment

Linda Scott

"Linda Scott shines a light on women's essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy--while combining insight, analysis, and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women's economic power.

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Publish Date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 384
ISBN-13: 9780374142629
ISBN-10: 0374142629
Language: English

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July 20, 2020

A leading thinker's groundbreaking examination of women's economic empowerment. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 29, 2020

Despite accounting for half the species, half the national income, and half the food supply, women are nevertheless treated as bit players by economists and policy makers. […] The opportunity cost of excluding the Double X Economy is always steep. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"Linda Scott shines a light on women's essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy--while combining insight, analysis, and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women's economic power." --Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

A leading thinker's groundbreaking examination of women's economic empowerment

For the past fifteen years, the scholar and activist Linda Scott has played a central role in the rise of the women's economic empowerment movement. A coalition made up of activists, multinational corporations, global NGOs, and governments, it arose in the mid-2000s in response to new global data sets that revealed sobering conclusions about women in the economy, namely that gender inequality is a global problem, and that women's economic subordination drags down national economies and fosters global crises, from severe poverty to human trafficking.

In The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women's Empowerment, Scott argues that women's systematic exclusion from economic participation has created an alternate system that she calls "the Double X Economy" having suffered from a consistent list of severe and worldwide economic exclusions applied throughout history, women have been shaped into an entirely different economic practice. Yet while the women's economy, taken as a whole, is restricted and constantly under threat, when empowered it is more careful, cooperative, and focused on long-term outcomes than the economic order under which the world lives now.

Building on the momentum of the female empowerment movements currently mobilizing worldwide, The Double X Economy presents an entirely new conceptual schema for women's rights based on economic liberty. Accessible and convincing, Scott's groundbreaking study is an assessment of women's historic subjugation, a demonstration of how that subjugation has resulted in myriad intractable problems, and a call to action to once and for all place women on an equal footing with men in order to create a better world.

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